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President Trump – “Bigger than Watergate,” “We Need Accountability” – National, MH Industry Impacts

May 18th, 2018 Comments off

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Imagine if during the 2008 campaign, if someone in the Bush Administration had planted one or more FBI informants in then Senator Barack Obama’s campaign. Then further imagine, that federal investigations were started, based in part on information paid for by opposition to then-candidate, Senator Obama.

 

Then envisage that word of that hypothetical attempt to illegally influence a presidential election had leaked out, or if the story was broken by news media. That would have been a huge scandal, and rightly so.  Part of the bedrock of the American political system are free and fair elections.

To have the power of the federal government weaponized for political opposition purposes would debatably be “worse than Watergate.”  That wouldn’t be a partisan issue, its a question of integrity and the rule of law to protect the rights of all.

There is no evidence that the above hypothetical ever occurred during the Bush years.  But there is mounting evidence that federal taxpayer funded resources were used to influence a presidential election.

That in brief is what President Donald J. Trump’s Thursday tweet means with respect to Obama-Clinton operatives.

That has sparked political pundits, media outlets, and public reaction.

Wow, word seems to be coming out that the Obama FBI ‘SPIED ON THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN WITH AN IMBEDDED INFORMANT,‘” the president tweeted in reference to a National Review report published last week, said the Hill, a news source based in the nation’s capital.

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For those who may not recall, the Watergate scandal occurred when President Richard Nixon, a Republican, was tied to the attempted coverup of a crime, in which former FBI and CIA agents broke into the offices of the Democratic Party and George McGovern (that year’s Democratic Presidential candidate).

Watergate was the location for the DNC offices at that time.  The Watergate break-in was an illegal political spying effort, designed as part of an illicit plot to help defeat McGovern.  It was no doubt a dark, ugly chapter in our nation’s history.

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The photo above at the left is an aerial view of the Watergate complex, the buildings which at the time were the office of the Democratic National Committee (DNC). That’s what gave rise to the name of the break-in and cover-up scandal, called, Watergate.

But today, we’re not talking about former federal agents.

Rather, the concern is that active, paid FBI and other federal agency staffers have illicitly been involved in derailing a political campaign – and post-election – of attempting to unseat a duly elected president.

If the leak yesterday – that the above concerns are part of what an upcoming inspector general report will allegedly reveal – that would be a bombshell.

Andrew McCarthy says, ‘There’s probably no doubt that they had at least one confidential informant in the [Trump] campaign.’ If so, this is bigger than Watergate!

There are now numerous reports that allege that Obama-era led agencies used their surveillance powers to monitor and attempt to disrupt the Trump campaign.

This is not the first time that the Obama administration has been accused of spying on the Trump campaign.

Last year, President Trump accused the former president of wiretapping Trump Tower shortly before the 2016 election.

Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my ‘wires tapped,’ in Trump Tower just before victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!” the president tweeted in March 2017.  Then White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer later clarified the tweet to mean that the Trump campaign had spied upon, not a literal wiretap.

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Attorney, Author, Talk Radio Mark Levin Calls for Accountability

 

MHVille – First Look

The Daily Business News has for over a year made the case held by thousands of manufactured housing professionals, from coast-to-coast. Namely, that the current Trump administration has been far more business-friendly than former President of the United States (POTUS) Barack Obama’s Administration was.

The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) and others have praised President Donald Trump for his pro-growth, pro-business policies.  The NFIB has hundreds of manufactured housing industry members.

POTUS Trump has also been more business-friendly than the Bush or Clinton Administrations were. That’s according to the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) survey, NFIB surveys, and statements from the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR).

The regulatory freeze that has given the industry relief from several pending regulations did not occur under Barack Obama.

Rather, President Trump is undoing many of the costly and burdensome regulations of prior administrations.  These points aren’t a matter of posturing, they are all a matter of record.

Accurate Trump Administration Predictions

Based upon the Trump Administration’s policy stances, statements made over a year ago from MHARR’s top officials predicted that President Trump would be pro-business, and that others in the industry needed to rally around his efforts.

Proof?  See the focused 2 minute 20 second video, posted above. Note that foresightful MH industry leadership.

By contrast, Democratic presidential candidate, Secretary Hillary Clinton pledged very similar policies on regulations as Barack Obama had initiated with Congress.

Secretary Clinton named Dodd-Frank as an example.  She pledged to keep those onerous regulations as they had been during the POTUS Obama years, suggesting that she may also strengthen them.

The Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) is officially hoping that next week the House will vote to pass their version of S. 2155.  That bill includes a roll back of the CFPB’s so-called MLO rule, that effectively gagged unlicensed personnel from speaking to consumers about lenders and loan terms.

It must be noted that this Congressional effort would not be taking place with any hope of enactment under a hypothetical Hillary Clinton presidency.

Who says?

That’s the application of the logic of former MHI government relations vice president, Jason Boehlert.

President Obama opposed a similar MHI backed bill, threatening to veto it. Secretary Clinton said she agreed with Mr. Obama, pledging to do the same or ‘strengthening’ Dodd-Frank.  Now, look again at the video with MHARR posted above, and ask, what were MHI and those who rule that association thinking?

2012 Election Results and Coming Lame Duck Session

 

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The Special Counsel Robert Mueller investigation of the so-called “Trump campaign-Russian collusion” allegations has now turned one year old.

Even as third-party analysts claim that 90 percent of mainstream media reports have been anti-Trump, public opinion has nevertheless shifted away from Mueller.

In a recent survey, just over half the country now believes that Mueller’s so-called probe into alleged Russian collusion with the Trump campaign is – as the 45th president has often called it – “a witch hunt.”

It’s worse than most realize, because there was never a predicate crime being alleged.  

Democratic attorney Alan Dershowitz argued over a year ago that there is no federal crime of collusion.

Had collusion between the Russians and the Trump campaign existed, said Dershowitz – noting that there is no evidence of any collusion – it would have looked bad.  But the Harvard law professor Dershowitz said that even if the alleged collusion existed, it would not have been illegal.

Then what was the Mueller investigation all about?

Recall that President Obama said days before the election, that the Russians were unable to interfere in the American elections.  There is no evidence that a single vote was changed by Russian attempts to hack.

Recall that MHProNews advised readers last year that even a CNN producer admitted to undercover investigators a year ago that the Russia-Trump stories were “bullsh-t.”

An underreported aspect of the specious ‘Russia’ story is that governments around the world, including the U.S. government, attempt to influence each other’s elections all-too-often.

Recall that Barack Obama attempted to interfere with Israel’s elections, and with the Brexit vote in England. Arguably worse, is that POTUS Obama – following calls from the Clinton State Department – invaded Libya.  For what?  The Libyan nation – as a result of that Obama-Clinton action – has since been destabilized. As but one tragic result, America later lost diplomats in Benghazi, Libya.  That’s been one of many consequences from that outrageous Obama-Clinton military plan to attack Libya’s leadership. The previously pacified Libyan people now are suffering a civil war.

The Russian efforts to interfere in the 2016 U.S. election, per sources, is their “payback” for Secretary Clinton’s alleged interference in the Russian elections.

Ironically, every scandalous effort to weaponize federal resources are boomeranging back onto Democrats and their anti-Trump allies.

The U.S. ought to be vigilant and protect the election process, against foreign and domestic manipulation and interference.

U.S. policy ought to respect the rights of foreign nations.   Furthermore, U.S. policy ought to pro-actively protect our own nation’s borders, and then it can call upon others to act similarly.

For years, America has been living in a topsy-turvy world.  So much so, that Barack Obama candidly and accurately said not long ago that there are two ways that the nation looks at the facts.  That’s sad, but true.  Isn’t he, Secretary Clinton, and their allies part of the reason that claim is accurate?

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Plausible allegations of officials – starting during the Obama era – using:

  • federal agents,
  • taxpayer dollars,
  • and illicitly applying federal legal procedures to stop or unseat a campaign – or a duly elected president – are all indeed worse than Watergate.
  • Aren’t these an apt description for an attempted coup?

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Simplified Summaries of Threads

Former DNC Chair Donna Brazile said that the Hillary Clinton campaign rigged the primaries, to prevent Bernie Sanders from becoming the Democratic Party’s candidate.

“Hacks” – Explosive 2016 Campaign Claims by Former DNC Chair, Donna Brazile

It is now clear that the Clinton campaign paid millions for the so-called “Steele Dossier,” which used foreign intelligence assets – British and Russian sources – to try to paint then candidate Trump in an unfavorable light.

That bogus politically-motivated ‘fake dossier’ – along with leaks of one or more FBI memo(s) – were in turn used by then FBI director James Comey to spark the Mueller probe.

If that isn’t outrageous enough, Special Counsel Robert Mueller has a staff packed with Clinton campaign donors.

Millions of taxpayer dollars have been spent on what looks to be a political effort initially designed derail candidate Trump, and later used to spark a stir they apparently hoped would lead to a duly elected president’s impeachment.  All on totally spurious – faked! – grounds.

If this is so, it’s not just outrageous, its criminal.

 

Why This Matters to MHVille, Next Week

Next week, the House will vote on their version of S. 2155, which includes a provision that would remove the MLO rule.  The mortgage loan originator (MLO) rule that is widely seen as harmful to manufactured housing industry retailers, communities, lenders, and others.

GovTrack tells MHProNews the odds of passage for S. 2155 stands at 56 percent.

Under President Obama, such a measure would have been vetoed.

Under a hypothetical Hillary Clinton Presidency – based upon her campaign promises – a bill like S. 2155 that will change Dodd-Frank would have been vetoed.

If S.2155 bill passes – and MHProNews’ publisher has editorially supported a similar such pro-business, pro-consumer change like this for years – it will be a Trump Administration accomplishment.

It would be entirely spurious for MHI to claim any legitimate bragging points.

Why?

MHProNews reported that days before the 2016 election that MHI had not one, but two paid pro-Clinton speakers on their stage in Chicago.

Warren Buffett was pro-Barack Obama and pro-Secretary Hillary Clinton.

Buffett is the Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway.  Berkshire is the parent to Clayton Homes, 21st Mortgage, Vanderbilt Mortgage, and has interests in a raft of other suppliers, lending, and services entities that intersect with manufactured housing.  Berkshire’s brands are widely seen as dominating MHI.

Based upon feedback from industry sources, there is a growing realization that MHI has been slow-walking or stonewalling reforms that hurt the industry, rather than championing them.

The Washington Post’s recent report on HUD, Pam Danner and manufactured housing underscored those concerns.

MHI Lender Shakes Up DTS and MLO Rule Discussions

As a result of years of MHI failures and allegedly weaponized reports, there is also a growing interest in creating a new post-production association, one that truly represents the independent retailers, communities, lenders and others.

 

Manufactured Housing is Non-Partisan

Manufactured housing – because it is affordable housing – ought to be viewed as a non-partisan issue.  It has long enjoyed the support of Democrats and Republicans alike for that reason.

But during end of the ‘Bush 43’ years, and during the eight years of the Obama presidency, anti-business policies often harmed our industry.

By contrast, President Trump – and cabinet members such as Secretary Ben Carson – have been working to undue those harms, pledging a new era of cooperation.  Would that have taken place under madam Clinton’s leadership?

 

Developing News on More Manufactured Home Lending

There is a developing story on financing that you may not hear from MHI or their echo-chamber surrogates. They will certainly not reveal it unless and until MHProNews hereby and in upcoming reports spotlights it.

When you see that upcoming report, you’ll see why.

Watch for that pending finance focused report from the MH Industry’s leading independent news source.

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How Much Bad Press Has President Trump Really Had So Far?

September 13th, 2017 Comments off
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Since before President Trump was elected, supporters of his believed that the press has been obsessive in their coverage of the celebrity-turned-commander-in-chief.

Now, there’s more research that backs that claim up.

After the inauguration on January 20, the media has continued to provide more coverage of Trump’s first months in office than was covered in former-President Obama’s last two years combined. Research reveals that there’s been nearly non-stop negative coverage that far outweighs the positive or neutral coverage of the last seven months.

The Media Research Center analysts have determined that there were nearly 74 hours of airtime – or 39 percent of all evening news coverage – on ABC’s World News Tonight, CBS Evening News and NBC Nightly News, per Newsbusters.

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The study used the following criteria to come up with that figure:

Methodology: Our measure of spin was designed to isolate the networks’ own slant, not the back-and-forth of partisan politics. Thus, our analysts ignored soundbites which merely showcased the traditional party line (Republicans supporting Trump, Democrats criticizing him), and instead tallied evaluative statements which imparted a clear positive or negative tone to the story, such as statements from experts presented as non-partisan, voters, or opinionated statements from the networks’ own reporters.”

Using these criteria, MRC analysts tallied 1,567 evaluative statements about the Trump administration in June, July and August, of which 1,422 (91%) were negative vs. a mere 145 (9%) which were positive. Since Trump took office on January 20, there have been 4,144 such evaluative statements, of which 3,712 (90%) were negative, vs. 432 (10%) which were positive.”

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Back in April, when the President gave the order to punish the Syrian regime for a chemical weapons attack, was the closest to “balanced coverage” that has been seen, with 82 percent negative and 18 percent positive news coverage.

In the early months of the Trump Administration – January to March – the rate at which White House news was being covered was 49 percent.

Over the last three months that figure has dropped considerably, currently at 32 percent. This is nearly three times as much coverage as the Obama administration received from 2015-2017, which the researchers pegged at 10 percent.

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One of four main topics related to Trump that the media focuses on is the ongoing investigation into the president and his campaigns alleged connection to Russia. During August, that topic took up 27 percent of all the Trump news coverage (415 minutes).

Several months ago, the Daily Business News posted an undercover video by Project Veritas.  It spotlighted a CNN producer who said that the Russia collusion story was “bullsh-t.”  Other research has reveals a similar trend to what this report produced.

That was followed by coverage related to the repeal and replace plan for ObamaCare, with 176 minutes, Trump and North Korea, with 136 minutes of coverage, and his response to the violent attacks in Charlottesville with 97 minutes.

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Interestingly, the topic with the least media spin regarding how Trump handled a situation is North Korea, with only 86 percent negative press. In this particular case, the study found that most of that coverage was neutral.

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Full Measure’s Sharyl Attiksson’s media bias chart is useful in sorting out the agendas behind various headlines and news sources.

This study provides a look into the gap between positive and negative news coverage of the president’s time in office so far. Many of the left-of-center publications are spending far more time bashing the president than anything else – with “relentlessly hostile coverage.” ## (News, Analysis.)

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We Live in the Future: NextGen Modular?

May 29th, 2017 Comments off
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A Malaysian designer has made quite a splashing when it comes to a hybrid of modular units and 3D printing.

According to Dezeen, Haseef Rafiei was awarded an honorable mention at this year’s eVolo Skyscraper competition. The competition recognizes innovative ideas for futuristic high-rise living.

Rafiei’s concept, a skyscraper that prints 3D modular homes and dispenses them like a vending machine, was inspired by the popularity of vending machines in Japan.

The skyscraper would offer prospective homeowners the ability to customize and manufacture a modular home, which then gets added into a high-rise framework. Customers would have the ability to choose from a selection of ready-to-use housing pods to design their home, based on their needs.

Then, the home would be created on-site by a pod printer, and installed above the building. Once completed, the pods are plugged into spaces in the structure below by crane arms attached to the skyscraper.

The Pod Vending Machine offers a solution to increasing need for housing in cities by growing in response to demand. As the mega-structure is filled with homes, the skyscraper would grow taller to accommodate more, adding to itself using materials delivered by hydraulics on the sides of the building,” said Rafiei.

The futuristic building concept has been designed to adapt to the needs of its inhabitants over time, rather than remaining a static structure. Modules stored within the building could be moved, regrouped, modified and recycled, preventing waste and ensuring that space is used efficiently.”

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Rafiei also says that the concept could be used for residential, business and commercial spaces.

The structure could be used for both residential and business use, housing start-ups and commercial spaces as well as homes.

I believe that robotic concepts like my skyscraper will become necessary to address the growing demands of the urban housing market, while easing pressure on labor, cost and time associated with construction through automation,” said Rafiei.

The Daily Business News has covered the 3D printing movement from around the world, including the case of Apis Cor, which claims to have printed a 400 square foot home just outside of Moscow, Russia in 24 hours.

While wild claims have come and gone with media hype, possible disruptions to the manufactured housing industry are no joke.

An association veteran told MHProNews that failing to adapt could result over time in manufactured housing’s associations becoming “the associations of mobile home remodelers.” It was a tongue-in-cheek way of saying there would be widespread industry business failures, and that only remodeling work would be left if the correct steps aren’t taken by members of the industry.

We are several years into our industry’s recovery. That’s good news.  But 3D, prefab, containers and tiny houses are all reminders that manufactured housing producers and others can’t rest on their laurels,” said L. A. “Tony”Kovach, publisher of MHProNews and MHLivingNews.

Manufactured housing is an amazing option, that’s highly sustainable, so long as we grow more rapidly towards our potential.  There is a high cost – and risk – to low volume sales, which is why we’ve repeatedly said that aiming for hundreds of thousands of new home sales a year in a sustainable way is a must.” 

Some companies are taking steps to grow in a responsible way.  That’s good news. But absent such growth,” Kovach cautions, our source is sadly but likely correct – in the next 5 to 10 years perhaps, technologies are emerging that could disrupt the manufactured housing industry.  Communities, production, lending, retailing – it could all change unless more of the industry’s members and leaders take the proper steps, now.”

The Daily Business News has covered the rise of 3D printed homes extensively, including other Chinese, Russian and Dutch 3D home projects, and asking the tough question: “Is America losing the 3D Technology race in housing?

In several off-the-record comments by professionals with community, production, association, retailing and other industry interests, say that the industry needs to pay attention.

For even more on 3D printed homes, including the story of The BigDelta, the world’s largest 3D printer and its year-long mission to print a mud house, click here. ##

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Ex-Amazon Leader Sees Future In Modular

April 12th, 2017 Comments off
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Former Amazon manager Andy Holm sees the future as “Blokable” with modular housing.

Holm, who led the build out of Amazon’s physical locations, including work on the Amazon Go convenience store concept, discovered his pain during that process was actually a viable business. Finding and working with the firms that would design and build the stores, permitting projects and doing site work to get ready to build were all potential roadblocks.

We built and launched Amazon Books in something like nine months,” said Holm. “There was a ton of innovation that was done in a short period, and all of our constraints were architecture and construction. All of our time bottlenecks were based on those two parts of the process.”

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According to Geek Wire, Holm also observed thousands of new people coming to Seattle each year, and developers struggling to keep up with housing demand. Combined with an interest in shipping container construction, it was enough for Holm to know it was time to move forward – his company, Blokable, was born.

The startup is focused on manufactured and modular housing, with the goal of speeding up production, cutting costs for builders and making a dent in housing affordability.

I was really deeply involved in the scaling out of building physical space (for Amazon),” said Holm.

And I just saw how inefficient the industry was, and it all just sort of made sense to me in a moment, and from that point when it all came together, there was nothing else that I wanted to do.”

Holm says that Blokable will build everything from single-family homes, to accessory dwelling units that share property with existing homes, to market-rate apartment buildings, to affordable housing.

Each Blok will be furnished with a suite of smart home technology, including lighting, temperature control and the ability to chat with property managers via the messaging app, Slack.

Instead of starting from scratch, we had designs in place in a week,” he said. “We’re looking at a one-third reduction in total project time in a difficult-to-build location at a price below the cost of traditional construction,” said Jeff Werbelow, head of development for Eden, Utah, based Summit Powder Mountain, where Blokable is working on a market rate project.

 

A View From the Industry

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The Daily Business News has covered the rapid innovations of technology in the manufactured and modular industries, including a Russian company’s claims of producing a printed home for $10k.
As with 3D housing, this is an example of an emerging technology that could – in a few years – supplant HUD Code manufactured housing’s market potential,” said consultant and publisher, L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach.

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We know that with the proper education and promotion and enforcement of the law, the Manufactured Housing Improvement Act of 2000 gives our side of the housing industry a huge potential advantage.  But so long as we fail to see the proper PEP – Protection, Education and Promotion – of manufactured homes at the local market level, the industry may be growing short term, but longer term is insecure With proper PEP, amazing manufactured housing growth is proven possible.” ##

 

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A 3D Home in Record Time? What the Future Holds

March 16th, 2017 Comments off
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The innovations in 3D printed homes continue at a break-neck pace. Beijing-based HuaShang Tengda, which printed a two-story villa that can reportedly withstand a magnitude eight earthquake, and PassivDom, a Ukrainian startup, has now come up with a stand-alone, energy-efficient 3D printed house, ideal for off-the-grid living.

And now, a San Francisco, California-based Apis Cor claims to have taken the process to a whole new level.

According to the Daily Mail, they unveiled a 400-square-foot house in a town outside of Moscow, Russia that was constructed using a mobile 3D printer.

In just 24 hours.

The Apis Cor technology printed walls, partitions, and other items, and appears to be the first company to develop a portable 3D printer able to print whole buildings entirely on location.

Construction took place in December 2016, and the company reports the materials used should last at least 175 years.

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This project was selected specifically, as one of the main purposes of this construction is to demonstrate the flexibility of equipment and diversity of available forms,the company said in a statement.

A distinctive feature of the printer is its design, which is reminiscent of the tower crane, allowing the printer to execute the printing process of constructing the building both inside and outside.

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Apis Cor says that this was the first time in the Russian construction that a house was printed as a whole, rather than assembled from pre-printed panels.

Impacts this Technology has upon the Manufactured Housing Industry?  

The company says that the cost for the model described above is $10,134. However,  buildings can be printed in various shapes and at a larger size, with the only restrictions on designs being the laws of physics.

When one of several mainstream news articles, reporting on that 10k figure, were shared with industry professionals with production connections, one source told MHProNews that “It could be a game changer and has the potential to eliminate thousands of manufactured housing factory jobs…. but that would be way down the road.”

The ramifications were shocking enough, that the source would only speak off the record.

There is a big ‘however,’ here.

Before investors, developers and others go bailing on manufactured housing, and stocks take a dump, there are likely several caveats to this report by Futurism and from others in the mainstream media that need to be properly understood,” said industry consultant and publisher, L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach.

We contacted the 3D producer directly, and they have yet to answer numerous questions that relate to interior finishes, what building codes this may or may not meet, total cost with all finish work, etc.  Because some in the mainstream media may not get it about all that goes into the total costs of a home, details like:

  • cabinetry,
  • flooring,
  • tape and texture,
  • electrical,
  • windows,
  • doors,
  • plumbing, etc.

they can easily be wowed by a claim – that when scrutized – doesn’t quite hold up. Think Jim Walters housing – shell homes sold at a lower price, but with signficant finish costs.”

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Another example of a story that drew media hype – but was missing key details – was a report out of Europe covered for the Daily Business News by Joe Dyton.

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Click the image above for facts the original story in the mainstream media missed.  “These are examples of why the industry needs an independent trade media, one that does some digging,” Kovach said.

MHI was contacted about the topic above – and the broader issue of potentially disruptive technologies negatively impacting manufactured housing – and they had no comment.

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Is MHI unprepared for issues that could disrupt the industry? Are they properly prepared to engage the mainstream media on topics that could at first blush seem to be harmful to manufactured housing interests? What lessons does the recent – and largely negative – NPR reporting hold for the industry at large, and what does it say about MHI’s engagement strategies? To learn more about such media and related questions – and what Frank Rolfe and other industry professionals have to say about them – click here.  MHARR has taken the position that the industry has a historic opportunity and can sell hundreds of thousands of homes a year, but must capitalize rapidly on opportunities that the Trump administration has made possible – to learn more about MHARR’s views, click here.  Pam Danner at HUD…is she one of those MH Industry roadblocks? For MHI award-winner Doug Gorman’s view on the Danner/HUD issue, click here. 

Possible Disruptions Are No Joke…

An association veteran told MHProNews that failing to adapt could result over time in manufactured housing’s associations becoming “the associations of mobile home remodelers.” It was a tongue-in-cheek way of saying – there would be widespread industry business failures, and that only remodeling work would be left – if the correct steps aren’t taken by members of the industry.

We are several years into our industry’s recovery. That’s good news.  But 3D, prefab, containers and tiny houses are all reminders that

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manufactured housing producers and others can’t rest on their laurels,” Kovach said. “Manufactured housing is an amazing option, that’s highly sustainable, so long as we grow more rapidly towards our potential.  There is a high cost – and risk – to low volume sales, which is why we’ve repeatedly said that aiming for hundreds of thousands of new home sales a year in a sustainable way is a must.”

“Some companies are taking steps to grow in a responsible way.  That’s good news. But absent such growth,” Kovach cautions, “our source is sadly but likely correct – in the next 5 to 10 years perhaps, technologies are emerging that could disrupt the manufactured housing industry.  Communities, production, lending, retailing – it could all change unless more of the industry’s members and leaders take the proper steps, now.”

The Daily Business News has covered the rise of 3D printed homes extensively, including other Chinese, Russian and Dutch 3D home projects, and asking the tough question: “Is America losing the 3D Technology race in housing?

In several off-the-record comments by professionals with community, production, association, retailing and other industry interests, say that the industry needs to pay attention.

For more on 3D printed homes, including the story of The BigDelta, the world’s largest 3D printer and its year-long mission to print a mud house, click here. ##

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Russia, China, Dutch 3D Construction and Housing

September 1st, 2016 Comments off
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NOTE: if you hear sounds coming on, scroll down to the FEMA manufactured housing report, and push PAUSE on the video. Sorry, but that video only offered an autoplay function. MHProNews produced videos do not do that….Photo credit at top, Inhabitat.

Dutch DUS architects have produced a 3D cabin, where they invite anyone in Amsterdam to come and stay the night.  It is part of a more ambitious and larger project, says Katie Medlock in Inhabitat.

The cabin could be used for disaster relief or for other possible urban applications, perhaps like the Tiny mods previously reported on, linked here..

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DUS 3d printed cabin, photo credit, Inhabitat.

Medlock says it uses a “Bioplastic filament made from linseed oil, developed by the architects and manufacturing company Henkel,” with a striking black design.

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Photo credit, Inhabitat.

Its three dimensional patterns provide both mesmerizing illusions and structural stability,” Medlock states, with “Plenty of daylight enters the micro home through a large window and front entrance, which is accompanied by a porch and sitting area.”  DUS is working on much larger projects that would have 3D printing in mind.

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Game of Thrones inspired tower is aprox. 20 feet tall, says 3Der.  The video on the page below is far from exciting, but it shows how the process works.

In Russia, 3Ders reports that a Game of Thrones style tower, 6 meters – or roughly 20 feet – tall has been produced by 3D Printing.

A cement plant uses the 3D printing method to create its structure.  The video above, while not exciting viewing, certainly provides a good idea of how this 3D printing technology works in practice.

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Part of the Game of Thrones style tower, the process is shown in the video above, credit, 3Der.

A firm in China states it built this stunning house shown below in just 45 days, using this emerging 3D technology.

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This large villa in China, 400 square meters or about 4300 square feet, was produced in 3 days, says 3Der.

The Daily Business News previously reported manufactured housing producer Clayton Homes testing of 3D technology, see that story, linked here.

Conventional construction has many alternatives and challengers, including manufactured housing, modular and prefab style systems building and the emerging technology of 3D printing. ##

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(Editor’s Note: Matthew Silver is taking some much needed and well-earned time off, and L. A. “Tony” Kovach will be helping fill the Daily Business News role in the interim.)

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Russia Stations Modular Housing at Syrian Air Base

September 5th, 2015 Comments off

modular army barracks  prweb and ramtech   credit    fort sam houston san antoneIn a housing development that may have potentially dangerous international political implications, U. S. intelligence has determined that Russia is setting up an air traffic control tower and modular housing for hundreds of personnel at an air base near the Syrian Mediterranean port of Latikia.

Since Russia has requested rights to fly military cargo aircraft to the airfield, some analysts speculate that Russia may use the base to conduct air strikes against rebel opponents of its longtime Syrian ally, President Bashar al Assad. That could potentially conflict with U. S. airplanes attacking ISIS sites in Syria, as cbsnews tells MHProNews.

Other analysts suspect Russia is preparing to bring in humanitarian relief for the thousands of Syrians who have fled their homes because of the fighting.

When questioned at an economic conference, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin said he continues to provide arms to Syria’s Assad, but denies any military involvement at this time. ##

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Wooden Modular Structure Sleeps 12

March 10th, 2015 Comments off

inhabitat_modular_structue_northern_norway_salt__march_2015This 130 square-foot modular wood shelter, built as part of the Salt Siida Architectural Workshop in northern Norway, celebrates the history and culture of the indigenous peoples who have inhabited the Arctic for many centuries.

The structure takes its form from the fiskehjelle, fish rack, that has been used for hundreds of years to dry fish, a symbol of the livelihoods of the people of the north.

Each of the 15-foot tall modular structures sleeps 12 people involved in the project, and is made of 13 stacked boxes secured with bolts and straps. Ladders lead to the upper bunks, and an open central area has a warming fire, although a canvas top can be secured for more protection from the elements. There is no floor, according to what inhabitat tells MHProNews.

The festival will continue its journey around the Arctic Circle, with demonstrations of art, theatre, concerts, readings and foods of the northern peoples. After spending a year in Norway, travel will proceed through Greenland, Iceland, the Faroe Islands, Ireland, Scotland, Alaska and Russia, completing its eight-year excursion. The modular structures will be disassembled and moved as part of the exhibit. ##

(Photo credit: inhabitat–wooden modular structure part of traveling exhibit)

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Top Ten for Manufactured Home Living News

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modern-manufactured-home-living-mhlivingnews-daily-business-news-mhpronews-The number 1 source for visitors, per Webalizer, on the new Manufactured Home Living News are from the U.S.. That should be obvious, but what makes up the next 10?

The pace of traffic on the site is accelerating.  With over a million visits – and millions more ‘hits’ (or page views) – in the first year of the new site –  where in the world are the rest of the virtual visits coming from?

Readers from about 120 nations monthly visit MHLivingNews.com.

So the top ten – after the U.S. – list below speaks volumes. For the month of October, as of 19-Oct-2014 08:01 EDT.

  • Russian Federation
  • China
  • Brazil
  • European Union
  • Non-Profit (org)
  • Canada
  • Germany
  • Ukraine
  • US Government (gov)
  • Australia

Manufactured and modular homes are of keen interest world-wide. Some of these nations reflect investors or researchers (we know, because they touch base with MHProNews.com).

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So why are there more people in the Ukraine interested in modern manufactured home living in the U.S. than the U.S. Government is?

Why are many times more non-profits interested in manufactured housing than the U.S. government? ##

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